Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Included in general admission.
Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.
August 23 & 25: The Power of Dance
Drums, eagle-feather fans, and figures in motion. Dive deep into Louis Fenno’s painting of the Ute Indian Bear and Sun Dances, looking closely at how the artist depicted these significant gatherings of community.
August 24 & 26: Meet Our Lady of Sorrows
Join us as we get acquainted with the bulto of Our Lady of Sorrows and learn more about arts patron Anne Evans and her many contributions to the DAM.
August 30 & September 1: The Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance
We will explore how artists capture the energy and rhythm of dances like the Charleston and Jitterbug.
August 31 & September 2: Cornwell: Process & Characters
Once nicknamed “Dean of Illustrators” by Norman Rockwell, Dean Cornwell was a prolific American illustrator and muralist who remains unknown to many of us. Come discover and explore the characters Cornwell created in Gold Rush II and learn about his artistic process.
September 6 & 8: West Coast Women
The cultural mood in America in the 1940s and '50s that produced what we now call Abstract Expressionism was not unique to New York City. Do you know what was happening in the art world in the Bay Area? Have you heard of Jay Defeo, Sonia Gechtoff, and Deborah Remington?
September 7 & 9: Oh, Give Me a Home: The Bison
To commemorate our national mammal, we’ll look at Henry Shrady’s Buffalo (1900) and William Hays’s Herd of Buffalo (about 1862). Both artists were conscious of the animal’s plight in the face of westward expansion.
September 13 & 15: Gender Bender
We will examine some New York School Abstract Expressionist women artists and discuss their commonalities and their uniqueness. We will also discuss how they were historically omitted from art history.
September 14 & 16: Herbert Bayer: Painter?
We’ll take a closer look at a design icon through his painting. Explore designs you know, hidden in plain sight.
September 20 & 22: Grand Gestures
Much of the specific meaning of pre-Columbian sculpture is still shrouded in mystery. However, close examination of sculpted figures from various regions and cultures who seem to be singing, dancing, or participating in dramatic exhortations indicate the importance of these activities in pre-Columbian society.
September 21 & 23: Road to Santa Fe and Beyond
We will discuss Theodore Van Soelen’s Road to Santa Fe and Victor Higgins's Game Hunter, just around the corner. Both men were members of the Taos Society of Artists, and both were in love with New Mexico’s colors, people and lifestyle.
September 27 & 29: Spontaneous and Joyous Dance
Let’s look at American “flatboatmen" and "haymakers" in mid-1800s America – the music they danced to and the artists who painted them, George Caleb Bingham and William Sidney Mount.
September 28 & 30: Places In Time
The time – after the Mexican-American War, the place – the Desert Southwest. This exhibition showcases the photographs by Timothy H. O'Sullivan and William H. Bell. Come and hear about two young men who inspired the curiosity and wanderlust of so many easterners through their landscape photography.
October 4 & 6: Sitting Pretty: Chairs
Chairs have been around for as long as we’ve needed to take the weight off our feet. Over time, their design has varied – from functional to fantastic, clever to poetic. We’ll discuss chairs with modern edges and funky personalities that can fill a room and provide design inspiration to any space.
October 5 & 7: Shockwave: Revolution in Paris
Join us as we take a closer look at Issey Miyake's "Ikat-Printed Ensemble" and the “Bump Dress" from Rei Kawakubo of fashion label Comme des Garcons. See how Japanese designers influenced many western designers in the '80s and '90s, including Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, and John Galliano.
October 11 & 13: Birtwistle Paints Hockney
Adam Birtwistle’s portrait of David Hockney (both well-regarded British artists) is striking. Birtwistle has painted portraits of many prominent personalities, and this particular work is a fine addition to the Berger Collection of British paintings.
October 12 & 14: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
We will examine the exceptional display of Japanese ceramics from the collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler, discussing their sculptural attributes as well as their historical antecedents. Unlike traditional Japanese pottery, contemporary Japanese ceramics emphasize shape, form, texture and color and aesthetics rather than functionality.
October 18 & 20: Shirin Neshat: Art In Exile
Shirin Neshat – internationally acclaimed photographer, video artist and filmmaker – first came to prominence in the mid-1990s when she exhibited her Women of Allah series. Her work is marked by its graphic boldness and stirring imagery, often including inscriptions of Farsi poetry.
October 19 & 21: Romero's Bank Job #2
We will discuss Mateo Romero, a contemporary American Indian painter, and his deliberately confrontational work, Bank Job (Bonnie and Clyde Series #2).
October 25 & 27: Venetian Art: Portraits Speak
If portraits could talk, what would they say? Join us for an in-depth study of Bartolomeo Veneto's Portrait of a Gentleman and Vittore Carpaccio's Portrait of a Lady with a Book.
October 26 & 28: Dunton's Bears
Cowboy, hunter, conservationist, artist… Herbert "Buck" Dunton developed a love and respect for the land and nostalgia for the Old West. We will explore how this passion inspired his works.